History

In 1996, the MOBO Awards were born. So step into the MOBO archive, which takes you all the way from 1996 up to the present day - through winners, quotes, playlists, performances, nostalgia, presenters and so much more. We've got everything you ever wanted to know...

For the first time, the awards were held at the newly built Hydro arena in Glasgow. The theme of the night was to celebrate 18 years of the MOBO Awards (MOBO18). Trevor Nelson co-hosted the event alongside Sarah-Jane Crawford, and celebrities including Jazzie B, MKS, Stooshe, Ms Dynamite, Craig David, Katy B and more attended.

It was a huge night for the MOBO Awards, a vintage year for us - great British success story Emeli Sandé walked away with awards for Best Female, Best Album and Best R&B/Soul while Plan B took Best Male Act and Best Hip Hop/Grime. We had some vintage performances from great British talent in a signature year full of worldwide trending topics.

The MOBO Awards 2011 belonged to Jessie J, who walked away with a blinding four awards for Best UK Act, Best Newcomer, Best Song (‘Do It Like A Dude’) and Best Album (Who You Are). Born Jessica Cornish, the former behind-the-scenes songwriter (Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus) came storming into the UK charts in late 2010 and saw her career grow from there. 

It was Written In The Stars that the 2010 MOBO Awards would belong to Tinie Tempah, who left with Best Newcomer and Best Video. It was an amazing year for Tinie, who was at the 2009 Awards in Glasgow as a fan and said “it’s nice to finally receive an award and finally be nominated – and to finally win something”. “We did it,” he exclaimed on picking up his awards. Professor Green left with Best UK Hip Hop/Grime Act.

The 2009 MOBO Awards was an historic night for UK talent. On one of the music's biggest nights, homegrown talent not only came together, but also took home the gold... A tribute performance was dedicated to Michael Jackson, who was honoured with the MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Young Soul Rebels performed their charity single, "I Got Soul". Reggie Yates and Keri Hilson hosted the awards, with JLS taking two awards away on the night.

Hosted by Mel B and Reverend Run, the 2008 MOBO Awards took place at Wembley Arena. it was a night when British R&B stars including Estelle and Leona Lewis broke the tradition of losing to their US counterparts. Estelle's 'American Boy', a collaboration with Kanye West, was one of the great successes of the year - a global runaway hit.

Hosted by Jamelia and Shaggy at the O2 Arena on 19 September 2007, the 12th annual MOBO Awards had a sensational line-up with performances from 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Amy Winehouse, Mutya Buena, Craig David and Kano. The success of Dizzee Rascal's Maths + English was reflected at 2007's MOBO Awards, while relative unknowns N-Dubz stormed away with Best Newcomer. 

We had Rihanna on stage! Rihanna before she was quite as colossal as we’re used to. And we also had an array of stunning performances from Sam Moore and Jamelia. It was the first year that the awards had been broadcast live on BBC3. Corinne Bailey Rae, Lemar and the Black Eyed Peas were among the stars of the night.

MOBO turned 10 - and was joined by John Legend, Ms. Dynamite, Public Enemy and Lauryn Hill for the occasion. We gave birth to new star Sway, and awarded Lethal B's 'Pow (Forward)' Best Single; it couldn't have been more of its time.

Jamelia broke through to win three awards, with Kanye West picking up the same tally. And we were joined by Janet Jackson, who jetted in to take away the Icon Award, thanking MOBO for her support in a touching speech. Big ups to Jamie Cullum and Mis-Teeq too...

Hosted by Blu Cantrell and Lil' Kim, this was a sensational year. Justin Timberlake was suaver than Suave, and 50 Cent stole the night by winning three awards. Kool and the Gang and George Benson made special appearance, while Christina Aguilera's now-classic 'Dirrty' took away Best Video.

Alesha Dixon and LL Cool J hosted, while Ms. Dynamite followed up on her chart break-through with a slay of MOBO Awards. Ashanti and Ja Rule also took away gongs, with emerging star Alicia Keys doing the same for Songs In A Minor.

2001 belong to So Solid Crew and UK garage's dominance - but let's not forget the year's star turns from none other than Craig David, Mis-Teeq and Samantha Mumba. R. Kelly gave us a special performance of 'I Believe I Can Fly' in tribute to the victims of 9/11.

The first MOBO Awards of the new millennium saw performances from Craig David, Donnell Jones featuring Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, Angie Stone and Sade. It was arguably Craig David's year though, with the Southampton boy going colossal worldwide…

Destiny's Child, introduced by Wyclef Jean and Mel B? Yes, that'll be 1999. Lauryn Hill also took away an award, alongside Beverley Knight, Kele le Roc, Jay-Z, Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins and more. And we had Jerry Springer, Lulu, Chris Eubank and the Beckhams in the audience!

A big one! Performers included Faith Evans, Mya, Dru Hill, Mel B, All Saints, Michelle Gayle, Martine McCutcheon, E-17, Pras Michel and Puff Daddy. 19 of the 23 categories were open to a public phone vote, and the awards were televised nationally on Channel 4.

Held at London’s Connaught Rooms on 10 November, the second ever MOBO Awards included performances by Mary J. Blige and Eternal. The British charts were being set alight by Shola Ama and The Prodigy, while Coolio and Funky DL represented farther fields.

We launched! Year one. And we recognised the talents of artists such as The Fugees, Tupac, Goldie, Seal and Lionel Richie. Then-leader of the opposition Tony Blair was present as we marked the start of something very new indeed.